Soho Playa Hotel
What We Love
- Daily American breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Prime location just a block from Playa del Carmen’s restaurant- and bar-lined Fifth Avenue
- Alfresco yoga classes beside the rooftop pool
- The hotel offers a 50 percent discount on passes to Mamita’s Beach Club
What To Know
- In-room treatments can be arranged through the front desk, and there’s a public gym on the same block
- The beach is a five-minute walk away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Urban style at the beach. The Soho Playa is a modern four-story construction with a boxy façade defined by hammock-strung balconies. Full walls of glass and a centerpiece water feature lend a Zen atmosphere in the lobby, which opens onto the bistro, where a tasty à la carte breakfast is served each morning. On the rooftop, guests have access to the petite pool and loungers, plus daily alfresco yoga classes and occasional dinners and events.
Bed and Bath
The comfy, spacious bedrooms are done up in purple and cream shades, with boho touches in the patchwork blankets, mismatched pillows and rough-hewn hardwood headboards. Most of the simple bathrooms have standalone glass showers, though a handful have deep soaking jet tubs. All the modern comforts are present, including free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and, in larger rooms, coffeemakers, but the best feature is the simplest: a private balcony strung with a colorful hammock made by local Mayan artisans.
Start your day with breakfast in the ground-floor bistro, or grab a coffee to go and make for Mamita’s Beach Club, a five-minute walk away. Guests receive 50 percent off lounger passes, but go early to claim yours and beat the crowds. Or you can head up to the hotel’s rooftop pool area for more secluded sun worship, plus Caribbean views. You can also take the daily yoga class on the rooftop; ask the staff for the monthly schedule. There’s no spa or fitness center, but in-room treatments can be arranged through the front desk, and there’s a public gym on the same block.
In the Area
The Soho Playa is just a block from a prime patch of Fifth Avenue, Playa del Carmen’s frenetic main thoroughfare. There are curiously few good Mexican restaurants, but you’ll find local specialties at Maiz de Mar, Almirante Peche and the hip Plank. For beach time, nab your lounger early at Mamita’s Beach Club or arrive after dark for a dance party on the sand. For a dose of retail therapy, Fifth Avenue favorites include Narcisa and La Bikineria. Away from Playa, make the one-hour drive to hip Tulum for culture at the ancient Mayan ruins, top eats at Hartwood, Posada Margherita and Zamas, and eco-adventures in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
How to Get There
This hotel is conveniently located near the beach and restaurants and shops on 5th Ave.
Its very clean and the hotel employees are very friendly, they make you feel at home. They need to put umbrellas in the pool area, during our stay it was very sunny and hot and with no shade its difficult to enjoy the terrace.
Hotel near 5th Avenue, very well located. Rooms are clean and hotel staff are very helpful to give you tips on how to visit the area. There is a place for massage near the hotel that is also recommended (good service for a good price). Breakfast is included but it is not inside the hotel (50 meters far from the hotel). Although there are few breakfast options, quality is very good.
My experience at Soho Playa Hotel did not disappoint! This hotel was referred to me by a close friend, who spent time here on her trip to Mexico. The staff was beyond accommodating and they went above and beyond to make our anniversary trip special. The hammock on the balcony hit it home for me!
If you stay at Soho Playa Hotel, you will be disappointed.
My husband and I stayed at Soho Playa Hotel for 10 days this month. The room we chose was basic and clean although they do have more elaborate rooms if you wanted to pay for them. We did not – we chose to spend our travel dollars on golf and food/beverage. We loved the roof top pool and enjoyed a nice refreshing dip every evening after the beach or golfing…no need for a bar – just bring your own refreshments with you! The hotel location is great – close enough to 5th avenue and the beach but far enough away that the night- time noise was not an inconvenience. The absolute best part of this hotel is the staff. I need to shout out to Nancy, Jonathan, Karina, Rodrigo and Javier for making our stay exceptional. I felt rather guilty that I had not learned a bit of Spanish to help with the communication, but they were very patient with me and always so accommodating. Leave your North American expectations behind and you will be very happy with this hotel. It is Mexico after all!
The rooms are large and nice, quite modern. It is all very clean and the service is friendly.
The breakfast is outside the hotel but quite nice and tasty although it only starts at best at 7.30AM and is quite slow.
The smiwing pool on the roof top is a nice addition to the hotel accomodations although not always clear water (it is outside so it does not help).
It is in the center but not on the most noisy part which makes it a good option.
Very good location too if you are there to dive with the very good O2 club.